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  • Make Mine Marvel

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The two big superhero films of May, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse, are set in separate cinematic versions of the Marvel Comics universe, Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox’s X-Men universe. What the two franchises … read more

  • Whit Stillman and the discreet charm of the urban haute bourgeoisie

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    A Whit Stillman Trilogy debuts on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection on April 19, 2016. He’s been called “the WASP Woody Allen,” but I prefer my friend Ron Reed’s moniker for Whit Stillman: “the Jane Austen of indie film… read more

  • A Modest, Mighty, Miracle

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Every year around Easter my family and I watch The Miracle Maker. We also rotate through other Jesus films: Some years we have watched Jesus of Nazareth (not all of it, or not all at once, but at least the Passion Week material), or Cecil B… read more

  • The Subversive Non Subversiveness of Phineas & Ferb

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    There are at least a half-dozen reasons Phineas and Ferb never should have existed, and how fortunate for viewers of all ages that it does. It’s no wonder show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh were unable to get it on … read more

  • The Down-to-Earth Comic Genius of Harold Lloyd

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    When the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth himself, gets in the back of his cab and asks for a ride to Yankee Stadium, star-struck “Speedy” can hardly believe his good luck—and on his first day on the job, too.   In reality, much like his… read more

  • You're An Institution, Charlie Brown

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The cultural footprint of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts is unlike anything else. For the second half of the 20th century, from 1950 to 2000, Schulz’s creation dominated the comics page, becoming the most popular comic strip of all time and exerting a huge… read more

  • Where Hope Grows

    by Susie Lloyd

    A public service ad going around Facebook shows all the things those with Down syndrome are doing to live full, exciting lives. It includes athletes, public speakers, actors...and David DeSanctis, who is all of the above. The 23-year-old Louisville, … read more

  • A Diamond, but not in the Rough

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    “A lightning storm of comic genius” is how Steven Spielberg famously described the indefatigable talent of Robin Williams. In a way, it was lightning in a bottle, with an explosive energy animating and almost seeming to burst from his mercurial… read more

  • The Spiritually Aware Cinema of Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    For two decades, the Belgian brother filmmakers have explored moral, social, and spiritual themes in one extraordinary film after another. Two Days, One Night (2014), the latest acclaimed drama from the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, … read more

  • Welcome to Jurassic Park

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The theatrical release of Jurassic World attests the enduring appeal of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 blockbuster.   I saw Jurassic Park three times in theaters back in 1993, and I vividly recall two things from that time. One is my… read more

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